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Friday, February 7, 2020

Next Osgoode Society legal history evening March 24, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
The Museum Room, Osgoode Hall

A lecture event exploring the work of our 2019 McMurtry Fellowship recipients. 
This event is free, but open only to society members. Pre-register through our website 

If you aren't a member or need to renew, you can do that easily through the website too.

Anna Jarvis
Patronage and the Canadian Colonial Judiciary: Edward Jarvis of Prince Edward Island

This presentation will look at the role patronage played in the life and career of Edward James Jarvis, who was Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island from 1828-1852. Jarvis was part of a second generation of Loyalist families whose fathers sought to further their son's careers by drawing on professional, community, and family ties, networks those sons in turn drew on for their own sons. Jarvis sought the patronage of fellow attorneys, judges, colonial officials, and other prominent figures to further his legal career, illustrating the ways in which the patronage system functioned to maintain social, economic, and political divisions and hierarchies within colonial society.

Filippo Sposini
Just the Basic Facts: The Certification of Insanity in Ontario

The certification of insanity was a medico-legal procedure regulating admission into psychiatric institutions. This presentation will focus on the certification procedure developed during the second half of the nineteenth-century in Ontario. Taking the Toronto Lunatic Asylum as a case study, it will explore the introduction of certificates of insanity, examination practices, and people involved in the process. It will show that certification in Ontario was a consensus-based procedure shielding medical practitioners from potential legal actions.

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